In Jeff Hornacek's second season in charge of the Knicks, he still hasn't had the opportunity for the team to play how he wants. Hornacek would love his team to run and shoot more threes.
This season, the Knicks haven't ran as much as many hoped without Carmelo Anthony and they are dead last in threes attempted (21.6) and made (7.8). Hornacek wants that to change.
"Of course I want more," Hornacek said, via Stefan Bondy of NY Daily News. "We're not getting many. Some of them we're passing up. We're not getting the penetration sometimes to kick it out. On the break, they got to be able to let them fly."
One explanation in recent times is the team being without Tim Hardaway Jr. The guard helps push the Knicks in transition as well as being able to create off the dribble more.
"That's where we miss Tim who'd come down the court create something to get us some 3s," Hornacek said. "The rest of the guys are doing it through execution. A lot of team's 3s aren't off set plays. It's transition, it's offensive rebound kickouts, guys penetrating to the basket and getting into the paint.
Without THJ, Hornacek wants to work inside out to create better looks but the team settles for midrange shots.
"We try to emphasize that, try to get it in the paint, try to kick it out to guys," Hornacek said. "I think sometimes we get in there and say, 'Okay, I got an 8-footer.' But teams that get a lot of 3s, they say, 'I don't want the 8-footer, I want to kick it out for a 3.' So we have to do a better job of that."